"The year's best meteor shower" tonight: 40 falling stars per hour if skies are clear

Brace yourself for nature's own annual December fireworks tonight, touted the year's best meteor shower.

"The annual Geminids meteor shower will reach its peak in the night of December 14-15. Under a dark and cloudless sky just after midnight of its peak activity, meteors or "falling stars" can be seen at an average rate of forty meteors per hour," says Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) administrator Priscilo D.Nilo, Ph.D., in the Astronomical Diary of the PAGASA website. He added, "The shower will appear to radiate from the constellation of Gemini, the Twins, which will be located in the eastern horizon as shown below:"

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Geminids meteor shower diagram from the Astronomical Diary in PAGASA's website.


Nilo also told the Philippine Star, "The best time to look is during the early morning hours [of December 15] between 2 a.m. and dawn, [although the] Geminids, one of the most spectacular annual meteor showers, is active from Dec. 6 to 19... Observers won't need binoculars or a telescope, the naked eye is usually best for seeing meteors which often streak more than 45 degrees across the sky."


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